On August 18th, the Åland Islands Peace Institute invited Aud Lise Norheim to speak about her experiences as a Norwegian diplomat in Mariehamn’s City Library. Aud Lise Norheim can look back on 20 years in the Norwegian civil service and draw from a rich career in international diplomacy.
In Mariehamn she shared her experiences with, among others, 24 young women from Scandinavia and the Caucasus who seized their chance to hear Aud Lise answer the question “How can a small country make a difference for peace?”, or what is Norway’s recipe for its
relative success as a mediator in violent conflicts?
Aud Lise Norheim sees her benefit as a Norwegian Ambassador in the fact that she can “talk to everybody”. Considering the complexity of the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East this is a status not shared by many.
A summary of the speech can be found here.